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Postby kaiser » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:27 pm

I think I'm definitely going to take a late-round flier on Jason Heyward.

From Braves beat writer Dave O'Brien in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Chipper on Heyward: As long as we’re on the subject of the future Face of the Franchise, here’s what the current Face said about Heyward when I asked Chipper Jones this week about the big kid (6-4, 245 pounds) who figures to be in right field before the Fourth of July, and perhaps three months sooner than that.

“I got to hit with him yesterday, and I was more than impressed,” Chipper said on Wednesday. “I’ve got a pretty good feeling he’s going to seize this opportunity and make the most of it.”

People keep asking me – your Crusading Everyman, Pseudo-Hipster blogmeister — and everyone else who’s seen Heyward whom we’d compare him to, and I’ve said physically he reminds me of Derrek Lee. I think he hits the ball as hard as Cliff Floyd, who Jim Leyland once told me hit them as hard or harder than anyone Leyland had ever seen.

As for Chipper, he says Heyward reminds him of someone that many Braves fans are more familiar with. Fred McGriff.

“His swing’s obviously a little different, but he looks like a bigger, more muscular version of Fred,” Chipper said. “And that’s saying something. Fred’s 6-5, 230 or so. This kid, he’s built like a brick house. And to watch the way the ball jumps off his bat … it’s batting practice, I know, and everybody’s supposed to do that in batting practice. But….

“It’s going to be interesting to see how he hits the breaking stuff, how he makes adjustments pitch-to-pitch, at-bat to at-bat, can he make the adjustment. And that’s all something he’s done in the minor leagues. It’s a little bit different making the adjustment up here, but looking at his makeup, mindset and coachability, it looks like he’s ready and raring to go.”
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby hybrid » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:30 am

Good thing my league added "things that mean little to nothing" as one of our categories. ;-7

Just so you don't think I'm being an ass, obviously he is very good. But what did you expect a possible teammate to say about their elite top prospect that many think is the best in the minors. It's nice to read, but these comments means practically nothing.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby kaiser » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:30 am

I disagree. It doesn't mean draft him in the second round, but it may help someone who is making a list of those one or two guys you take a chance on at the end of the draft.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby mrmarley » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:34 am

This Chipper guy has an eye for talent :-) Let's make it 2 for 2:

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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby RedSoxNation04 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:13 am

kaiser wrote:I disagree. It doesn't mean draft him in the second round, but it may help someone who is making a list of those one or two guys you take a chance on at the end of the draft.

I like to hear the comparisons from someone who knows hitting. It's not like Chipper's sitting here saying he's the next Mays or Mantle...he's comparing him to McGriff whom he's played with and obviously knows well enough.

I still think you're going to see Heyward drafted too early in a lot of leagues, similar to Wieters last year. I highly doubt he becomes a 22nd round dilemma for someone.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby Inukchuk » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:35 am

RedSoxNation04 wrote:I still think you're going to see Heyward drafted too early in a lot of leagues, similar to Wieters last year. I highly doubt he becomes a 22nd round dilemma for someone.


My thoughts exactly. Someone's going to reach for him early hoping he can fly out of the gate. I also tend to agree with hybrid. Chipper hasn't said anything groundbreaking that would affect where I slot Heyward on my draft board.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby kaiser » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:11 am

Thanks mrmarley.

It's actually pretty funny how similar the responses here were last year, when Chipper was talking up Tommy Hanson:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=368597

"He won't get called up early enough." "What else would Chipper say?"

Again, we can all take it for whatever we think it is worth, but when a Hall of Fame veteran says good things about a rookie's talent level, I'm not going to just write it off as meaningless.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:14 am

A lotta hype for a September call up :-°
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby Fade2White12 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:39 am

Honestly, I think he wins the job out of ST - unless the Braves sign Damon. He'll get spelled a bit and lost some ABs, but I think he tops 500. I think he could be an impact player right out the gate.
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Re: Chipper on Heyward

Postby kaiser » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:27 am

Here's what Bobby Cox said last week about him:

“He’s virtually skipping Triple-A if he makes the team,” manager Bobby Cox said of Heyward, who played in three late-season games at Triple-A Gwinnett and has only 50 games and 173 at-bats above Class A.

“That doesn’t happen often. But in his case we just feel that he should, if he’s going to come to spring training, be given a crack at it,” Cox said.

Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2/5/10


If he is not with the big club by June, I will be very surprised.
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